BUSINESS WOMEN SCOTLAND AWARDS 2016

27/10/16 – GRAND CENTRAL HOTEL, GLASGOW

It’s time to celebrate and reward the extraordinary entrepreneurship of Scotland’s business women!

We believe success can be catching, so we are thrilled to announce the return of the BUSINESS WOMEN SCOTLAND AWARDS, an event established to recognise some of the many inspiring women who have achieved great success in their business or career.

Business Women Scotland magazine showcases some of the most enterprising and successful women from around Scotland: women who have had the courage to follow their dreams, whether that be starting their own business, making it ‘to the top’ in their career, or using their expertise and knowledge to help other women to be the best they can be.

All women who have demonstrated great imagination, tenacity and generosity of spirit, as role models, these inspiring women prove that anything is possible, while giving others the confidence to pursue their dreams…they richly deserve recognition, and the Business Women Scotland Awards do just that.

The awards will be presented at a ceremony at Grand Central Hotel in Glasgow on the evening of Thursday 27th October 2016. STV newsreader Rachel McTavish will MC the awards and back by popular demand we have the fabulous Globe Girls. 

Carol Smillie will be our guest speaker, with the story of her award winning business Diary Doll.

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MC – Rachel  McTavish

STV newsreader and presenter Rachel McTavish will be your host for the evening.

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The Globe Girls

The Globe Girls will entertain us and help start the celebrations.

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Guest speaker – Carol Smillie

From TV presenter to entrepreneur, Carol Smillie talks to us about how she made her business Diary Doll an award winning success.

BWS AWARDS CATEGORIES

Here are the categories for the Business Women Scotland Awards. Download the notes and entry page for the award that you would like to enter for more information on this award, the eligibility rules, and the criteria that this will be judged on. Entry opens on Monday 13th June 2016.

NEW ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR (UP TO 18 MONTHS)

This award celebrates the entrepreneurial aptitude, vision, ambition, drive and commercial acumen to build a successful enterprise from start-up.

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NEW BUSINESS OF THE YEAR (UP TO 3 YEARS OLD)

This award celebrates Scotland’s highest performing new companies and recognises those that have exceeded initial targets for growth and financial performance. It recognises the companies who have best demonstrated an understanding of their competitors, customers, and markets they operate in; and have the foundations in place for continued commercial success.

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SME OF THE YEAR (OVER 3 YEARS, UP TO 25 EMPLOYEES, UP TO £12 MILLION TURNOVER)

This award will recognize the development and growing success of an SME, looking at business growth and strong financial performance, profitability, and brand awareness achieved in relation to the number of employees and budget.

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EMPLOYER OF THE YEAR

This award recognizes a return on investment in people, the employee strategy that best attracts, retains and develops talent – and how it contributes to sustainable growth and being an employer of choice.

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MENTOR OF THE YEAR

Award for a business mentor who has been inspirational and provided her knowledge, expertise and advice to others, free of charge. Nominated by someone who is being mentored.

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BEST USE OF SOCIAL MEDIA

An award for the most innovative use of a social media campaign to promote a company, brand, event, or information.

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INTERNATIONAL GROWTH OF THE YEAR

Recognising Scottish businesses that have achieved the highest and most sustainable levels of international growth in the past year, celebrating their export success. This award focuses on all aspects of growth – including sales, profit, geographical expansion, and acquisition.

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HOW TO ENTER

“The Opportunity to promote your business to new and existing customers and the entry is FREE!”

The BWS awards are open to ALL business women – whether you are an employer, employee, sole trader or work for a charity. You can enter yourself or nominate someone else who you think deserves this award and – it’s FREE to enter!

Nominees must be female, and their company registered in Scotland.

To nominate yourself or someone else, you simply have to:

  • Download and read the notes and entry form information for the award category that you want to enter
  • Complete the form stating the category you are entering, your company details, financial information and tell us why you should win
  • Email the completed form to alyson@bwsltd.co.uk

Closing date is 9am on Monday 5th September 2016.

OUR JUDGES

We are delighted to have Marie Macklin CBE and Dr. Lesley Sawers as judges, both ladies who know what it takes to be a success in business.

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Judge – Marie Macklin CBE

Marie Macklin CBE is Executive Chairwoman of Macklin Enterprise Partnerships, investing in and offering start up and management advice to entrepreneurs.  She is non-executive Chair of The Klin Group, a construction business founded by her father that she turned into an entrepreneurial company engaged in economic and social transformation in Scotland.  She is a mentor for Entrepreneurial Spark Enterprise and assists female entrepreneurs to build business networks through her initiative, Women in Enterprise, and is executive chair of risk mitigation company Diligent World.

Judge – Dr. Lesley Sawers

Dr. Lesley Sawers is an Honorary Professor with Glasgow Caledonian University where she was Vice Principal & Pro Vice Chancellor, Professor for Business, Innovation and Enterprise. She was previously Chief Executive of the Scottish Council for Development & Industry (SCDI) for 5 years, joining from Glasgow Chamber of Commerce – where she was the first female Chief Executive in its 230 year history. She has held senior appointments in Scotland, London and internationally in Royal Mail Group, Scottish Power, CACI and Management Horizons.  She is also an non-executive director at Scottish Environmental Protection Agency(SEPA), Glasgow Life and Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, and is Executive Chair of tech start-up GenAnalytics Ltd.

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Margaret Gibson

The shortlist will be decided by Margaret Gibson, Chief Executive at Women’s Enterprise Scotland. Margaret was given The Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion in 2015, for individual people who have played an important role in promoting enterprise skills and supporting entrepreneurs.

HOW TO ATTEND

Join us to celebrate the success and entrepreneurship of Scottish business women, at our awards ceremony on the evening of Thursday 27th October 2016 at Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow. We will reveal the award winners at this black tie event with entertainment from the fabulous Globe Girls.

If you would like to attend the dinner you can purchase individual places or take a table of 10.

  • Black tie awards dinner
  • Glass of fizz on arrival
  • 3 course meal with coffee
  • MC Rachel McTavish, STV newsreader
  • Guest business speaker, Carol Smillie
  • Entertainment from The Globe Girls
  • Disco
VIP Guest Table of 10
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Purchase your tickets online or call 0141 332 8801

SPONSORSHIP

Partner with these prestigious awards to show your support for the many inspiring business women in Scotland who have achieved great success in their business or career.

Join us as a main sponsor or an award category sponsor and benefit from your association with the Business Women Scotland Awards.

  • Align with excellence
: Link your company with the best of Scotland’s female business entrepreneurs and professionals.
  • Reach your target audience
: Our readership is made up of entrepreneurs, SMEs, professionals and social enterprises targeting the AB1 business market.
  • Profile in BWS media
: Feature in Business Women Scotland magazine – both print and online, your branding on all of our promotional material and website, growing your profile, brand presence, and amplifying your key messages.
  • Celebrate at the Dinner: Table at the black tie awards ceremony.

Contact alyson@bwsltd.co.uk for more information on the different sponsorship packages available.